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Presentation by Stella Porto at the USDLA'2010 Conference, St. Louis, May 4, 2010.

Presentation by Stella Porto at the USDLA'2010 Conference, St. Louis, May 4, 2010.

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  • 1. Managing [online adjunct] faculty at a distance Dr. Stella Porto Master of Distance Education Graduate School of Management & Technology University of Maryland University College
  • 2. Focus This presentation discusses the challenges, opportunities and experience in managing online adjunct faculty. The approach is one of shedding light on real-world situations and formalizing lessons learned.
  • 3. Agenda •  Introduction   Background & context •  The faculty lifecycle: challenges and approaches   Hiring   Getting ready for online teaching   Living together   It is all about communication; Resistance; Being the middleman; etc.   Carrots & sticks: Incentives; Professional development; Coaching; etc.   Saying goodbyes •  Final remarks
  • 4. Introduction: Context the MDE partnership
  • 5. Introduction: Context The program The MDE focus on developing managers and leaders in the areas of e-learning & distance education within different Corporate Training & settings, including: K-12, higher- Our mission is our education, corporate, non-profits, Faculty Learning Media & government and military. means and our means Support technology Potential managers of the DE mission is our Distance •  Education enterprise Instruction •  Entirely online for part-time Higher Design & Education working adults Support •  International Leaders & Managers •  Collaborative
  • 6. Introduction: the landscape •  Managing online adjunct faculty…  Shift from a campus based perspective  Employment ties are loose  Ownership and accountability can be complex and dubious  Lack of community  Dealing with students at a distance  Difficulty in tailored faculty development provision
  • 7. The faculty lifecycle
  • 8. Hiring
  • 9. Getting ready to teach online •  Formal training need   Best practices in faculty training   Course design & development vs. delivery •  Mentoring & Advising •  Support   Academics   Administrative
  • 10. Getting ready to teach online •  Setting expectations   Formally & Informally   How do we avoid the isolation without micromanaging?   How to be keep consistency without killing creativity? •  Setting boundaries
  • 11. Living together: communication Communicating policies and procedures ✔ Re-enforcing ✔  Being reasonable ✔  “Don’t kill the messenger” ✔  Overseeing and respecting freedom
  • 12. Living together: communication Sharing information ✔ Reach out to everyone ✔  Share information about the program and the landscape ✔  Promote collaboration
  • 13. Living together: communication One-on-One: telling bad news ✔  The institutional perspective ✔  Teaching evaluations ✔  Issues of compliance ✔  Finding the core of the problem ✔  Coaching PhDs? ✔  When things are simply not working…
  • 14. Living together: communication Dealing with difficult students ✔  Policies and procedures in practice ✔  Taking sides ✔  Being the middleman
  • 15. Living together: communication Reflecting and building community: ✔  Sharing experiences ✔  Building partnerships ✔  Enhancing the program
  • 16. (Social media for support in the MDE: The MDE Faculty Forum) The MDE Faculty-forum  Management effectiveness  Privacy, listserv mode, discussion board, simple and not-invasive
  • 17. Living together: professional development ✔  Community of practice ✔  Training ✔  Scholarly activities ✔  Institutional perspective and beyond
  • 18. Living together: inclusion, ownership & belonging ✔  Course, program and materials ✔  Ownership vs. belonging ✔  Ownership & decision-making ✔  The big picture & the local view
  • 19. Living together: assessment ✔  Course, program and materials ✔  Student surveys ✔  Peer visits
  • 20. Living together: technology ✔  Resistance ✔  Training ✔  Needs and fads ✔  Mission & means
  • 21. The MDE Student Support Social Media Suite: The MDE wiki The MDE wiki on new technologies   Knowledge-base   Information sharing   Meta-learning
  • 22. Living together: saying goodbyes ✔  Inapt for online teaching ✔  Issues with pay ✔  Excessive work ✔  Life happens ✔  institutional issues
  • 23. Learning lessons…   Resumes can sometimes fool you   The importance of the online people skills   Contributing beyond the classroom   Balancing ownership with independent decision-making
  • 24. Learning lessons…   Social media can provide enormous programmatic support   Learn to stand in the adjuncts’ shoes   The shoes may vary A LOT though   Accept being the middleman and learn how to do it well
  • 25. Thank you! Questions? Contact: sporto@umuc.edu